Nico Cué

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Nico Cué
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Nicanor Cué

(1956-09-06) 6 September 1956 (age 62)
Mieres, Asturias, Spain

Nicanor Cué[1] (born 6 September 1956), known as Nico Cué, is a Spanish-born Belgian trade unionist and politician. He served as the General Secretary of the General Federation of Belgian Labour (FGTB) Metalworkers for two decades.[2][3] In the 2019 European Parliament election, Cué and Violeta Tomić are European Left's lead candidates (Spitzenkandidaten) for the President of the European Commission.[4][5] He was not elected.

Early life and education[edit]

Nico Cué was born in Mieres, Asturias on 6 September 1956.[6] His father, a miner, was forced to flee Francoist Spain to Belgium in 1962 after the miners' strikes of that year. He had no work permit and struggled to find a job until sympathisers with the republican cause in Belgium found him work in a mine near Liège. After a year, his wife and children could finally join him in Liège. He died suddenly in a car accident in 1968,[1] leaving his wife to raise seven children.[4][7]

Cué was educated at the local technical school and got his first job at the FN factory in Liège. He became politically active as a teenager and joined the FGTB trade union on getting his first job.[4]

Political career[edit]

In 1997, Cué stood as a rank-and-file candidate for the General Secretary of the FGTB Metalworkers and won.[4]

On 26-27 January 2019 in Brussels, Cué and Slovene Violeta Tomić were voted by the Executive Board of the Party of the European Left as the top candidates for the 2019 European parliament election.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Cué is married to an Italian. They have at least one son.[7]


  1. ^ a b Andrés Gil. "Nico Cué (Partido de la Izquierda Europea): "El movimiento feminista nos ha dado una lección magistral al movimiento obrero"". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  2. ^ "Who is Nico Cué?". 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  3. ^ "Le Secrétariat | FGTB Métallurgistes Wallonie Bruxelles". 2015-03-10. Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  4. ^ a b c d "Nico Cué – Party of the European Left". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  5. ^, La. "Élections 2019 | En campagne avec Nico Cué: "Voilà le président de la Commission !"". (in French). Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  6. ^ "Zoom auf Nico Cué". ARTE (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  7. ^ a b EU Presidential Debate: lead candidate Nico Cué (EL), retrieved 2019-05-16
  8. ^ "Two Candidates from the people for the people – Party of the European Left". Retrieved 2019-05-16.

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